Monday, February 18, 2013

We're Off To See The Wizard

This Friday night is the opening of the latest FanBoy vs ArtBoy exhibitions at ArtBoy Gallery in Prahran. The theme? Oz.

There will be artworks inspired from the dark and twisted through to the fun and playful nature of one of the worlds most loved stories.

I'll have two works in the exhibition both of which I'm keeping relatively secret as I'd love for those who make it along to the opening to be able to see them first and experience them in person. I've changed it up and am working on a new illustration/painting style that embraces my love for the dark and quirky.

Just some of the other artists exhibiting pieces in the exhibition are Brett Willis, Kaitlin Beckett, Lindsay Walker, Steph Hall, Tim Shepheard, RJW, Kelly Sullivan, Jonny Crennan, Sean Stagg, Lukas Stobie, Steven Lane, Mark Bernard, Jan Pimping, Jarrod Price and Nath Stones.

Sadly I weren't be able to make it to the opening night but I hope you can!  Make sure you pay a visit the gallery as they celebrate the magic that is the "Merry Old Land of Oz".
FanBoy vs ArtBoy -  Oz
Artboy Gallery
99 Greville St, Prahran, VIC

Opening: Friday 22 February, 6pm to 8:30pm
Exhibition: Friday 23 February - Sunday 3 March

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day everyone!

What are your plans for today? Do you celebrate Valentine's Day?

Lately I've been busy with work, CURVY 9, painting and a few other things. Today is not much different for me, however I'am hoping for a nice dinner and a glass of wine tonight.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Hints + Tips - What To Write?

Something that I strongly live by is that you need to be out doing things to have things to talk and write about. It's all very well and good to search "top 10 things to write a blog post about", but you need to be out doing things, reading articles, catching up with friends, sharing ideas and really getting a much broader view on life than just what you're limited by through your search engine of choice.

There is so much more to me than just what you read in my blog, I do various other wonderful things, and I wish I could share everything I do, but as a writer I also curate what I write about. Also there are things that I do that due to the nature of it I feel it's not appropriate to write about nor do I find it relevant to my readers. I mean you don't want to hear about my gardening, or how many kilometers I paddled or even what I had for breakfast every single day, do you? I like to share these things every so often to show that there is more to me than art, painting, social media and design.

To create good content you need to have experienced it, rather than just looking from the outside in you need to immerse yourself in it. The best example I can give is that anyone can write an article about a movie, but if you actually see the movie, you've a much better understanding of what it is you're writing about and can have a valid opinion based on your own experience or seeing the movie.

Monday, February 11, 2013


I'm a sucker for short films, I think what I love about them is that the team making the film has such a short amount of time to get the story across on screen that everything they do needs to have a reason or purpose.

Hence I'm delighted to hear that Flickerfest now in its 22nd year has hit the road for a massive 46 venue national tour, visiting all states and territories across Australia, after wrapping up its hugely successful 10 day Sydney festival.

The Flickerfest National tour screens a selection of the most entertaining, innovative, inspiring and award winning range of shorts, handpicked as highlights from a record of 2300 entries received and 116 films officially selected for the Flickerfest Australian competition 2013. Many of these films are world or Australian premieres, giving local Flickerfest audiences the first look at the hottest and latest short films.

This Wednesday Flickerfest is coming to Melbourne with a special Made in Melbourne programme, showcasing exceptional local shorts selected from the Flickerfest official Australian competition, screening alongside highlights of International Award Winners.

Included in the films that will be shown at the Melbourne event is Yardbird, winner of Best Australian Film at Flickerfest 2013, (Academy® Accredited). Shot in Ballarat, the masterful film was directed by Michael Spiccia, written by Julius Avery and produced by RMIT graduate Jessica Mitchell.

After the Melbourne screening guests are invited to a fully catered afterparty, pretty sweet uh?

As a lover of short films I'm really looking forward to seeing these outstanding shorts on the big screen.

For information regarding venue and tickets for the Melbourne event visit

Full program details and to see where the Flickerfest National tour is stopping next head to

Friday, February 1, 2013

A Moment To Pause

Title: Flamingos Partying
Photographer: Szeke

Review: Dell XPS 12

Recently I was sent from Dell the Dell XPS 12 Convertible Ultrabook, for those of whom who have not seen the ads for it, it transform from just being an Ultrabook to a tablet with a flip-and-fold motion, which is pretty neat and handy. 

Though there is a slight issue, my own computer is an Apple and so I don't have any programs to use with the Windows 8 Pro operating system. Coupled with the fact that there is a significant lack of apps available to download in the store, I've not yet been able to push the Dell XPS 12 Convertible Ultrabook beyond the limitations of internet browsing and publishing online content. I look forward to seeing how it goes when I take it to lectures when uni starts back in March.

It is one sleek looking machine, constructed from machined aluminum, bonded Corning Gorilla Glass and carbon fiber, its not only feels durable but stylish too.

I have used it in my studio too I've found the function of the flip-able screen really handy for when painting and using reference images. Probably not the reason they designed it, but it's really handy.

The  Dell XPS 12 Convertible Ultrabook boots up incredibly fast, it takes between 10 - 15 seconds for it to start up, which has thrown me out a little as I generally hit the power button, go and make a cup of coffee and come back.

The only flaws I've found so far is that the orientation tends to either get stuck or takes a while to right it self. I've had a look online and this seems to be a common occurrence. The touch pad is rather noisy, it has a "empty" like sound to it and sticks often, not as smooth to operate as I had expected.

Some have noted how heavy it is, weighing in 1.54kg, to put it in context most 13-inch Ultrabooks are around the 1.3kg mark, so the extra weight considering the screen is an inch smaller might deter some people. Comparing it to my 15inch titanium MacBook Pro it feels a little lighter.

All in all, it's a nice piece of equipment and I look forward to seeing how it goes when I take it to Uni in the coming months. It's been perfect for me in the studio and for working online to date.



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